Housekeeping takes a beating mostly during rains, as even a flexible and dynamic cleaning schedule makes achieving 100% result a challenge. Managing flexible and demanding housekeeping schedules get tricky in high traffic and sensitive areas. Wet floors, damp indoors and unpleasant odour are common to most premises.
“Every hotel has its respective predetermined checklist of action plans. Problems may arise anytime and accordingly various teams are assigned to carry out deadline based pre and post monsoon tasks in order to safeguard the hotel and surrounding areas during the monsoon. These checklists are prepared keeping in mind the past experiences. The premonsoon preparation starts from the month of April and checks implemented.”
Of the many pointers in the premonsoon checklist, proper handling of drainage system is a priority. The drainage system should be cleaned, flushed out with fire hydrant water pressure and covered. Pit drains and storm water should be checked and broken pipes mended. The slope is properly maintained so that there is no water logging anywhere.
Drains of terrace basements should be cleared of any kind of debris.
Terraces are checked for any type of dust and waste materials since these cause the drain to choke. Also, it is necessary to check that water does not stagnate on terraces.
Leakage is another major issue, which has to be tackled appropriately, as it is not limited to one place and can surface anywhere. Waterproofing treatment should be done prior to the monsoon. If possible, leakages should be rectified or else valuables, furniture should be removed from that area.
In the lobby area, appropriate arrangements are required to prevent inconvenience to guests: Extra doormats to prevent water from entering inside, umbrellas for guests and dedicated staff to keep the floor dry by regular mopping. The staff is to be provided with raincoats to ensure they move around clearing any kind of water logging.